Normal growth requires that pituitary-secreted growth hormone (GH) bind to its specific receptor and activate a complex signaling cascade, leaving to production of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), which, in turn, activates its own receptor (IGF1R). The GH receptor (GHR) is preformed as a dimer and is transported in a nonligand bound state to the cell surface. Binding of GH to the GHR dimer, results in a conformational change of the dimer, activation of the intracellular Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2) and phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 5B. Phosphorylated STAT5B dimers are then translocated to the nucleus, where they transcriptionally activate multiple genes, including those for IGF-I, IGF binding protein-3 and the acid-labile subunit (ALS).
- GHR function
- Somatotroph axis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism